Anemia Panel Blood Test


helps identify most causes of anemia


This blood test is ordered from Life Extension®. Their doctors prepare the test requests for you to take to a LabCorp location outside of Maryland for your blood draw. The test results go directly to you rather than to your doctor. Results are received quickly and the process is fairly smooth! The cost of this test is not going to be covered by insurance but submission to your FSA/HSA account is possible (not guaranteed). It might just be a PITA to try.

From Life Extension®:
Our anemia tests help assess iron deficiency and other causes of anemia. The profile includes a complete blood count (CBC) and chemistry profile, plus ferritin, total iron binding capacity (TIBC), vitamin B12 and folate tests.

This panel contains the following tests:

  • Chemistry Profile (complete metabolic panel with lipids)
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  • Ferritin
  • Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)
  • Vitamin B12
  • Folate

More than 3 million people in the United States have anemia with women and people that have a chronic disease being the greatest at risk for developing it.

Anemia occurs when you have less than the normal number of red blood cells in your blood or when the red blood cells in your blood do not have enough hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein that gives the red color to your blood and is mainly responsible for carrying oxygen from your lungs to all parts of your body. If you have anemia, your blood does not carry enough oxygen. Without enough oxygen, your organs and tissues cannot work as well as they should; which can lead to a whole host of symptoms.

Since there are many types and causes of anemia, Life Extension has created this panel to look at the most frequent causes: iron deficiency, B12 deficiency, and the bone marrow’s ability to produce red blood cells.

Sample Report from Life Extension

Instructions: This test may be done fasting or 2-6 hours after eating. Both ways provide valuable information, though 2-6 hours after a meal provides a more realistic assessment of the state of your blood in everyday life. Stay hydrated and take your medications as prescribed.


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